Today’s fast-paced world-wide is all about the mad rush to success. As expenditures continue to soar amidst gate-crashing economies, the need to get ahead to survive has never been more crucial. Daily grind equals daily bread–and it’s easy to forget that” adult does not live on bread alone .”
Today’s gospel is a sequel to the well-known multiplication of cakes. Eager for more ratifies, the person or persons of Tiberias strove out Jesus all the way to Capernaum. But he censured them for their wasteful focus on the material fruits of the supernaturals, telling them frankly that they were missing the spot. Physical eases can only stipulate temporary atonement; it is in living in faith and desire and procure Jesus–the Bread of Life himself–that we can find deeper satisfaction, previous exultation and more permanent peacefulnes.
St. Stephen knew this, as told in the first reading. He aimed a loftier intent than the religious leaders of his time, who prayed influence and vogue. As his influence changed, so did their bitternes, and they plotted against him. But faith as depth as his is hard to shake, and his blamelessness glint through, so that his face loomed like” the face of an angel .”
How often do we succumb to the pulls of the world we live in? Do we aim success and convenience at the expense of others? Have we lost sight of what’s truly important? As much as we need to ensure the survival of our physical figures, Jesus insists us to nourish our force as well, and feed it with life-giving faith and adore. This life is but a preface to the life God has prepared for us. It is important never to lose sight of our long-term goal of life eternal, so that all our short-term actions may guide us to it.
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